5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles in July

5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles in July

Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders

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Harvard Business Review Top 5 articles for October 2015

Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. The curated pieces below are available now through the end of July. 

Does diversity training work?

While offering diversity training is a well-intentioned effort to promote inclusion in the workplace, it shouldn’t be the only step organizations take. Surprisingly few companies measure the impact of their diversity training, the authors of this article note, and therefore don’t know if their programs are leading to behavioral changes – either good or bad. This article details an experiment to measure the impact of diversity training and it’s surprising results, along with three suggestions for organizations to go the extra mile. Download this article to challenge your own ideas about what diversity training can and can’t do within your organization. 

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3 tips to avoid remote work burnout

Widespread, long-term remote work has some companies thinking hard about employee productivity. But where they should really focus their concern is on a longer-term risk: employee burnout. The stress of the pandemic and the presence of other family members in the house amplify the risk of burn-out, because they create increased pressure on employees to signal their productivity. As a result, the lines between their work lives and their non-work lives blur. In this article, Laura M. Giurge and Vanessa K. Bohns offer three solid tips for fighting burn-out – and advice for employers, managers, and coworkers who want to help. 

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The key to inclusive leadership

Leaders play a critical role in helping their organizations adapt to diverse customers, markets, ideas and talent. In fact, researchers Juliet Bourke and Andrea Espedido found that “what leaders say and do makes up to a 70 percent difference as to whether an individual reports feeling included,” which leads to a slew of benefits, from better collaboration, to more people speaking up, to higher organizational performance, they say. Their research found that six key traits – visible commitment, humility, awareness of bias, curiosity, cultural intelligence, and collaboration – can “create a sense of personal connection between leaders and a diverse set of stakeholders, making it easier to make and implement shared decisions.” Download this article to learn how to put these traits to work. 

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Your company is too risk-averse

The authors of this article don’t question whether your company is risk-averse – they know it is. In this article, they examine the widespread phenomenon of risk aversion and avoidance and explain how corporate incentives and decision-making practices contribute to it. While CEOs say they support risk-taking and seek to “make failure OK,” the reality is that managers continue to favor small improvements and “safe” investments. In this article, Dan Lovallo, Tim Koller, Robert Uhlaner and Daniel Kahneman present a few practical ways organizations can begin to change the practices and incentives around investment decisions so that managers become less risk- averse in the long run. 

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Firing with compassion

There is no standard script or best practices for firing – every situation is different. But Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue, has learned after “many dozens of firings” that there are ways to do so with fairness and empathy. “You needn’t learn to enjoy it – only sadists do. You needn’t even get to the point where it doesn’t cause anxiety. But if you want to be an effective leader over the long term, you must become able to do it well,” he writes. Download this article for a list of dos and don’ts stemming from Peterson’s own experience as well as his leadership course on difficult conversations that he teaches as Stanford. 

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IT talent strategy: New tactics for a new era

The year 2020 brings completely new IT talent challenges to organizations. In the decade ahead, technology talent will play a pivotal role in whether companies succeed or fail. This new research from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services identifies five talent practices CIOs should adopt now to ensure their organizations thrive in the future, offering insights from more than a dozen CIOs and talent experts. Download this report for real-world examples of how you can attract and cultivate the IT talent that will help you succeed. 

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